Construction workers help man escape burning house

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A DOUBLE-STOREY house in Kg Menglait caught fire yesterday afternoon but quick actions by alert construction workers ensured that the man living there escaped unharmed.

According to construction worker who only wanted to be identified as Mohammad, he was working on road maintenance at Kg Menglait along with his crew when he heard some shouts coming from a house on the corner of Spg 83 around 3.20pm.

“A man was shouting through an open window on the top floor and we could see smoke coming out from it. So we helped him take out as many valuables as we could,” said Mohammad.

He also rescued the family dog when it ran back into the house. He then sat with the pet on the roadside until the victim’s wife and their child returned home after being alerted to the fire.

The wife, who wished only to be identified as Ong, said, “I rushed home as soon as my husband called me. Luckily he was at home today. Normally it was just me and my baby at home.”

Her distraught husband declined to provide comment.

P/ASP Pg Azlan Shah Pg Hj Ahmad of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) who was on the scene with other personnel from the police and Electrical Department said that the man was having a bath when he noticed the fire.

According to a statement from the Fire and Rescue Department, the 993 emergency call was received at 3.45pm, whereupon five fire engines and vehicles were dispatched to the scene from the Berakas and Bandar Seri Begawan fire stations.

The fire was under control in four minutes.

Supt Othman Jailani Hj Ismail as Acting Commanding Officer led the team of 22 personnel, including the Women’s Operation Unit.

The family had been renting the house for some three years. Although they believe that the fire started from faulty electrical wiring, the official cause is still under investigation.

The Brunei Times